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10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (December 11, 2014)

10 Things You Need to Know for the Waste & Recycling Industry Today (December 11, 2014)


  1. Palm Beach County delays decision to import trash “Palm Beach County commissioners Wednesday delayed a long-awaited decision about whether to start trucking in outside trash to burn at a new incinerator. The county's Solid Waste Authority is considering importing trash to try to make more money at its new $600 million, waste-to-energy, trash-burning facility that becomes operational in 2015. Increasing incinerator revenues could result in lowering local residents' trash fees.” (
  2. Waste-to-energy incinerator plans behind schedule “A planned waste-to-energy incinerator for Hawaii County is almost five months behind schedule, after the three finalists for the project asked for more time to complete their proposals. Mayor Billy Kenoi, who vowed to have a facility on the ground before he leaves office in December 2016, said Tuesday that he still hopes his target will be met. After the proposals are submitted, a county panel will rank the bidders and then enter contract negotiations with the top-ranked firm.” (West Hawaii Today)
  3. Most Scranton councilmen oppose Keystone landfill's massive expansion plan “The majority of Scranton City Council members oppose the massive, decades-long expansion proposed by Keystone Sanitary Landfill, though the mayor and one councilman remain undecided. Scranton council President Bob McGoff and Councilmen Wayne Evans, Bill Gaughan and Joe Wechsler oppose the proposal by the landfill straddling Dunmore and Throop.” (
  4. Three developers submit proposals to Deerfield for solar farm on former landfill “Three proposals submitted to the Energy Resources Committee by interested developers over the past year provide the town with a view of several possibilities for a solar farm on its former landfill. Committee members Kristan Bakker and M.A. Swedlund recently described to the Select Board options available to the town.” (
  5. Plastic bag ban would be rescinded by proposal “With a ban on using plastic bags for yard waste about to go into effect, there's now a proposal to block that ban — and give the Louisville Metro Council final say on changes in solid-waste and recycling policies.” (The Courier-Journal)
  6. Hefty fine for Southbridge landfill “The operator of the Southbridge landfill has agreed to pay nearly $220,000 in a wetlands violation case from August 2013 in Charlton. The Southbridge Recycling and Disposal Park landfill will settle claims that improper maintenance and monitoring of a large soil stockpile caused a landslide that damaged adjacent wetlands, according to the office of the Attorney General today.” (
  7. Recycling changes to begin for Jacksonville's core areas “Residents living in Jacksonville's core areas like San Marco, Riverside, Springfield and Northwest Jacksonville will soon see a big change in recycling pickup. Recycling will become automated at the start of the year. It's already been in effect in other parts of the city, and now 53,000 people will be getting new larger containers. Residents are being notified with post cards sent out Tuesday.” (
  8. It Will Soon Be Illegal To Throw Your E-Waste In The Trash “What are supposed to do with your heaping pile of disused iPhone chargers? Putting them in the trash feels wrong (and it is), but letting them rot in desuetude in the corner is just a waste of valuable apartment space. The law currently allows New Yorkers to fling these items on the curb, but all that will end on January 1. Yes Virginia, recycling your old microwave will be a pain in the ass, but remember that the Earth is burning and this is the least you can do. Also, you'll be fined $100 if you're caught.” (
  9. Judge dismisses second lawsuit by opponent of proposed Alsen landfill “An environmental group’s court challenge of a planned industrial waste landfill near the community of Alsen in north Baton Rouge was thrown out Monday by a state judge. District Judge Mike Caldwell’s dismissal of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network lawsuit came five months after he dismissed a similar city-parish suit against the state Department of Environmental Quality, which granted a permit in April for Louisiana Land Acquisitions LLC to take in industrial waste at the planned landfill along Brooklawn Road.” (The Advocate)
  10. Attero to set up a recycling plant in US “E-waste management company Attero, which counts investors like IFC and Forum Synergies, is looking at setting up a recycling plant in the US, by the end of next year. For the company, being present in the US and some European parts could mean a lucrative option as the e-waste handling sector is not active yet there, according to a top company official.” (
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